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Soft Machine - Six (1999) Retail CD
Rewind have compressed the original 1973 CBS live/studio double onto one CD. By this time, keyboardist Mike Ratledge was the only extant founder member, but bassist Hugh Hopper and drummer John Marshall had already become staunch right-hand men. Karl Jenkins completed the quartet, mirroring Ratledge's electric and acoustic pianos, but making his most significant contributions on oboe, soprano and baritone saxophones. Lurking behind a horrid airbrushed pink cover, the music still has a hard, probing edge: a few years later, what was left of the band would move much further towards the jazz-rockmore… mainstream. The live cuts are characteristically extended, selections merging into a seamless sequence. "All White" highlights the piercing oboe of Jenkins, free-blowing beside Ratledge's chunky electric piano, then the leader's trademark distressed-gothic organ sound is heard at its most extreme during "Riff" and "Lefty", the latter stirring up an energised free-improv storm, boasting some particularly exciting fills from Marshall, who's impressive again during his tight-rolling "5 From 13" solo, scuttling recklessly across the stereo field. On the studio-recorded side, twin electric pianos build up oscillating crosstalk on "The Soft Weed Factor", reminiscent of Terry Riley's systems music, Ratledge weighing in with a mammoth icepick-velocity solo on "Stanley Stamps Gibbon Album". --Martin Longley
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